A spectacular coastline and all the attractions of a classic seaside resort can be enjoyed on self-catering holidays in Watchet. This charming harbour town lies on the eastern edge of Exmoor National Park, overlooking the Bristol Channel. With its old working harbour, bustling marina and quaint streets, it’s easy to see why holidaymakers have been drawn to this Somerset community for centuries. Watchet has two glorious beaches: Helwell Bay, famous for its fossils, and West Street, home to striking rock formations, a delightful boating lake and a labyrinth of rockpools. The town centre is packed with unique attractions, including England's longest heritage steam railway (the West Somerset Railway), a fossil beach and variety of nostalgic seaside amusements. Exploring Watchet’s narrow streets, you’ll discover a selection of independent businesses, from traditional tearooms and gift shops to stylish bars and restaurants. Don’t miss Contains Art, a brilliant venue on the quayside, where exhibitions and events are held.
Watched from one side by an old lighthouse and from the other by a statue of Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, Watchet's quayside is a delightful spot to enjoy an ice-cream and gaze out to sea. Several boats offer fishing trips, including Scooby Doo Too and Seafire. The countryside surrounding Watchet is some of Somerset’s most beautiful, with high, open moorland, breathtaking clifftop walks and enchanting woods to explore. Ramble along a section of the renowned Coleridge Way or Mineral Line, or look out for dolphins and seals from the Somerset Coast Path.
From your holiday cottage in Watchet, many of Southwest England’s best destinations will be a short drive away. Head west and you’ll enter Exmoor National Park, where deer and wild ponies can be spotted against huge skies and swathes of purple heather. The park is dotted with castles, grand country homes and cosy, old pubs. There’s no more relaxing way to take in the stunning scenery of the Quantock Hills and Bristol Channel than from a traditional steam train carriage on the West Somerset Railway, which passes through the centre of Watchet.